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ca·nard  audio  (k-närd) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An unfounded or false, deliberately misleading story.
    1. A short winglike control surface projecting from the fuselage of an aircraft, such as a space shuttle, mounted forward of the main wing and serving as a horizontal stabilizer.
    2. An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizing surfaces are forward of the main wing.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, duck, canard, probably from the phrase vendre un canard à moitié, to half-sell a duck, to swindle, from Old French quanart, duck, from caner, to cackle, of imitative origin


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